1 hold up or off (on), withhold, put off, put or hold or keep in or into abeyance, shelve, postpone, delay, defer, interrupt, stop or check or cease or discontinue temporarily, US table:
We suspended payment pending inspection of the work already done. Train services on this route will be suspended till further notice. Suspend your disbelief for a moment to consider the possible motive for stealing a prune.
2 hang, attach, fasten, dangle, swing:
She suspended the cameo from a gold chain which she wore as a necklace.
3 debar, exclude, eliminate, reject, expel, eject, evict; deprive of the rights of, deny the privileges of; blackball:
A member may be suspended if his dues are six months or more in arrears.
1 uncertainty, indefiniteness, insecurity, doubt, irresolution, expectancy, indecision, not knowing:
May I have the envelope please? - I cannot stand the suspense!
2 anxiety, tension, apprehension, nervousness, agitation, anxiousness, anticipation, expectation, excitement:
A story that creates suspense for the reader is often suitable for film treatment.
immediately | indefinitely | temporarily
Funding for the new building has been temporarily suspended.
VERB + SUSPEND
agree to, decide to, vote to
The government has decided to suspend production at the country's biggest lead plant.
| threaten to | be forced to
the power to suspend sth
The EU should have the power to suspend subsidy payments to farmers who pollute the environment.
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